Best Precision Bass: P-Basses from Fender and beyond

Fender Nat Mendel P bass in red
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For many bass players, choosing between Jazz or Precision models is a fundamental decision, the kind you make at the start of your learning journey and never waver from. If you've opted for the iconic finesse of a Precision bass, then you're in for a treat. In this guide we're rounding up the best Precision bass models you can buy right now. 

Fender first launched the Precision bass (aka the P bass) in 1951, and it became renowned for its meticulous craftsmanship and impeccable playability. Before long other companies started making their own versions of the P. Typically equipped with a split single-coil pickup, Precision basses deliver a focused, defined tone that lays the foundation for countless musical genres. With its robust neck and solid build, it's a go-to option for players seeking durability and stability. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the top-notch Precision bass styles across various price ranges, even throwing in a few non-Fender alternatives. 

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Chris Corfield

Chris Corfield is a journalist with over 12 years of experience writing for some of the music world's biggest brands including Orange Amplification, MusicRadar, Guitar World, Total Guitar and Dawsons Music. Chris loves getting nerdy about everything from guitar gear and synths, to microphones and music production hardware.

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